Countdown's Rachel Riley brands George Galloway ‘antisemite scum’ in Twitter row

She tells ex-Labour MP to ‘f*** off’ in heated exchange


Countdown’s Rachel Riley has told George Galloway to "f*** off" and branded him “antisemite scum” in a Twitter row.

She became embroiled in the row with ex-Labour MP when he dismissed her concerns about Jew-hate in the Labour Party, which Ms Riley has begun to regularly highlight on social media, attracting the support of prominent campaigners and attacks from Mr Corbyn’s supporters.

Mr Galloway, who was a member of parliament for Labour and then the Respect Party until 2015, accused Ms Riley of “slandering” Mr Corbyn’s party.

He attacked Ms Riley's previous tweets about American linguist and academic Noam Chomsky.

Mr Galloway wrote: “Dumbfounding. She calls Chomsky an anti-Semite and slanders half the Labour Party as the same.”

In response, Ms Riley tweeted: “F*** off George Galloway. Today is not the day I'm going to be polite to antisemite scum - to be explicit.”

Mr Galloway has been approached for comment.

In December, Ms Riley, who is Jewish, said she received a barrage of abuse after she shared a video by anti-racist campaigners that condemned antisemitism in football.

She shared a three-minute long video, which was developed by the football equality organisation Kick It Out and Chelsea football club.

But after sharing the video, which showed how antisemitic abuse is still prevalent in English football, she said she was “inevitably confronted with weird and aggressive posts about Israel and Zionists”.

Since then, she has used her Twitter profile to raise concerns about antisemitism she had received and seen elsewhere.

She thanked other high profile Twitter users for standing with her.

Her colleague and Countdown host Nick Hewer has spoken out in support for her.

Mr Hewer, a long time Labour voter, said he will no longer vote for the party in protest against the abuse suffered his by colleague.

Stephen Fry also tweeted to her on Thursday: “I stand with you”.

Ms Riley has tweeted to thank those “standing shoulder to shoulder with me and so many others, against bullying, and against antisemitism. It's so very much appreciated.”

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